If you get pregnant, you may be unsure about how to move forward, or you may be facing external pressure to make a certain decision. But it is your body and the decision on how to move forward with the pregnancy should be entirely yours. CARE is here to support you through whatever decision you make regarding your pregnancy.
Here are some options on how to proceed with an unplanned pregnancy:
- Adoption: giving birth and placing your child with another person or family permanently
- Abortion: taking medication or having a medical procedure that ends the pregnancy
- Parenting: giving birth and raising the child
Discussing an Unintended Pregnancy
Discussing an unintended pregnancy with a sexual or romantic partner, or with a parent or loved one, can be scary and difficult. You may be unsure how to tell them or nervous about how they will respond. Here are some tips on having that conversation:
- If you feel worried about how the person you’re telling will respond, choose a public location in daylight where you are safe and someone can help you if needed. Consider bringing a friend with you for extra support or safety. If you feel unsafe talking to a partner, talk with a CARE staff member for extra support and help safety planning the conversation.
- Remember that you haven’t done anything wrong. The person you’re talking to should not make you feel bad or guilty for getting pregnant. They should support you in whatever you need and however you decide to proceed with the pregnancy.
Taking Time Off
If you choose to continue with your pregnancy, you might consider taking time off from school either during or after pregnancy. See more on how to request time off from Northwestern here.